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Penn State Fayette THON Team raises $86,000 to fight pediatric cancer

2/21/2011 —

The Penn State Fayette THON team—a group of only 59 Fayette students—raised $86,094.38 for the 2011 THON campaign. This year, THON teams across Penn State University raised a combined total of $9,563,016.09 in an effort to fight pediatric cancer—topping last year’s record $7.8 million.

Since the organization of the Fayette campus THON team 14 years ago, the team has raised a total of $654,430.17 for the Four Diamonds Fund charity. In 1977, THON began partnering with the Four Diamonds Fund that was founded by Charles and Irma Millard in the memory of their son Chris, who died from pediatric cancer.

Penn State Fayette Chancellor Francis K. Achampong, was pleased when he heard the news of the Fayette THON Team’s incredible accomplishment. “The sheer dedication and commitment of the Fayette THON team to fighting pediatric cancer and their incredible investment of time and effort in this great cause ought to serve as an inspiration to all of us to give our best in everything we do.”

Student dancers, student volunteers, faculty, staff, alumni and family members from throughout the University system packed the Bryce Jordan Center for the concluding THON event Feb. 18–20. Penn State Fayette was represented by 55 students and six dancers, who participated in the exhausting 46 hours of dancing.

Penn State Fayette THON Team advisor Chad Long says, “The parents and family of the Fayette THON Team should be so proud. Our students are making a real difference in the lives of so many families fighting cancer. As a Fayette County native I’m extremely honored to live in a community that is so generous.”

Among Penn State’s 19 Commonwealth Campuses, the Fayette THON Team has been the No. 1 fundraising campus 11 of the past 14 years; the team placed second in 2005, 2006 and this year, coming in a few thousand dollars behind Penn State Altoona.

THON is a yearlong fundraising event contributing to The Four Diamonds Fund, which is striving to beat childhood cancer by helping children, and their families, treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research. Each February, the fundraising concludes in the no sitting or sleeping, 46-hour dance marathon called THON (short for Dance Marathon). This combined effort has become one of Penn State’s most unifying traditions.

A family with a child being treated for pediatric cancer at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey is automatically eligible for support. The Four Diamonds Fund has helped more than 2,000 families since 1972. Approximately, 100 new families receive support each year. The Fund assists with the cost of treatment that insurance does not cover, as well as expenses that may upset the welfare of the child, such as car repairs, rent or household utilities.

The 2011 Penn State Fayette THON TEAM included: THON Chair John Marcolini Jr., Advertising Captain Stephanie Sluk, Campus Programming Captain Karen Leatherberry, Community Programming Captain Brittany Washington, Financial Captain Anthony Polvinale, Moral Captain Corey Spaw and Public Relation Captain and dancer Donya Leichliter; dancers Tiffany Blocker, Erika Doppelheuer, Jordyn Hartsek John Peck and Autumn Ruse; team members Ashley Baker, Katie Baluch, Chantelle Bellavance, Jenna Brewer, Nicholas Brink, Jacob Buckel, Braden Delmar, Kiley Detar, Stephen Dzambo, Caitlin Fike, Malina Foley, Nicole Garrety, Brett Greene, Cody Gibson, Athena Han, Sallee Herbert, Heather Hunchuck, Kelly Huston, Cecelia Imler, Becky Johnson, Kayla Johnson, Jamie Kelley, Tiffany Lehman, Sammy Lenhart, Brent Lint, Emily Marchewka, Nicole McKenzie, Samantha Molton, Amanda Murray, Anisha Nayak, Jen Naymick, Nick Nicholson, Cody Palmer, Alexis Polito, Beth Porterfield, Alison Reagan, Brittany Remington, Zak Risha, Shirley Rojas Acosta, Angela Simmons, Meagan Slates, Sydney Sterling, Holly Stowinsky, Brittney Stremp, Amanda Tringes, Alicia Williams and Allen Wontroba.

For more information about THON, visit www.THON.org.

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